One day conference on “Approaches to understand Modern Biology through Research”

AMRF, 07.10.2016.
As a part of the October Summit 2016, AMRF organized a one day conference to motivate post graduate (Life Sciences) students towards research. A total of fifty seven participants (including post graduate students and faculty) from eight colleges attended the meeting. The program started with the introductory talk by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, followed by a series of presentations by AMRF faculty as well as by faculty from MepcoSchlenk Engineering College, Kalasalingam University, The American College and Lady Doak College. In this conference we tried a new approach to motivate students. A total of eight models explaining various scientific themes were prepared by AMRF research scholars and technicians, this activity received a special appreciation from the participants and the interactive sessions were excellent. The following models were displayed and explained to the participants

A poster on INDIANS IN SCIENCE & A model on signalling pathway in YAWNING, Unraveling Gene-Environment mystery, 3D mammalian cell culture using Apples & Using the scientific method to solve problems, Gene editing: a promising future for the treatment of human diseases including blindness, Working with finger prints- A Forensic outlook, Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering- from Fundamentals to Applications, Science Promises and Progresses, Application of Science and Technology Apart from this session several thought provoking lectures were delivered by AMRF faculty members.


Aravind Medical Research Foundation, December 2-3, 2016 Aravind Medical Research Foundation conducted a two days Education and Research Conference between AMRF and Dartmouth college on December 2nd and 3rd, which has been initiated by the interaction between Dr. N. Venkatesh Prajna, Cornea Chief and Dr. Michael E. Zegans, Section Chief Ophthalmology and Professor of Surgery, Dartmouth College and Medical Center, Hanover, USA.

In the morning sessions, ten students and one research scholar from Dartmouth presented research proposals in various eye diseases to clinicians, scientists and research scholars. The presentations were highly commented and appreciated by the invited experts Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Dr. N. Venkatesh Prajna, Dr. S. R. Rathinam, Dr. Usha Kim, Dr. S. Lalitha Prajna, Dr. Haripriya Aravind and Dr. Mahesh Kumar. Research work at AMRF was presented as lectures by scientists and posters by research scholars. The details of the core research facilities and on-going research projects were presented and demonstrated to Dartmouth during their Lab visits. This conference is a unique activity wherein two institutions shared educational and research activities, which would pave the way for future collaborative research projects and long term associations between the two institutions. This conference was organized by Prof. K. Dharmalingam, Director-Research, and coordinated by Dr. D. Bharanidharan, Scientist-Bioinformatics, AMRF and Ms. Dawn E. Carey, Partner Relationship Manager, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. A booklet entitled “AMRF – DARTMOUTH EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CONFERENCE” covering the proceeding of the conference was also brought out.

Workshop on Basics of Tissue Culture

Aravind Medical Research Foundation, December 26-30, 2016 A five day workshop was organized at Aravind Medical Research Foundation, sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, President – AMRF and Prof. K. Dharmalingam - Director Research gave an introduction of research at AMRF. The manual for the workshop was released by Er. G. Srinivasan, Director-Finance, AECS and the first copy was received by Prof. K. Dharmalingam.

A total of 20 participants were selected for the workshop which included 6 post graduate students, 12 research scholars and 6 faculty from nearby colleges/universities including The American College, Lady Doak College, Thiagarajar College, Kongunad College of Arts and Science, Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology, MepcoSchlenk Engineering College, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Madurai Kamaraj University, Bharathidasan University and Anna University (Trichy). The workshop included lectures in the morning delivered by AMRF faculty – Prof. VR. Muthukkaruppan, Dr. P. Sundaresan, Dr. C. Gowri Priya, Dr. S. Senthilkumari, Dr. A. Vanniarajan, Dr. M. Vidyarani and Dr. O.G. Ramprasad. The laboratory sessions included - basic infrastructure of tissue culture room, sterility, media preparation, cell culture – adherent/suspension, cell count and cell viability, cell line - revival, freezing, cell proliferation assay and mycoplasma testing. The certificates for the participants were distributed by Prof. VR. Muthukkaruppan, Advisor–Research, AMRF at the valedictory function.

One Day Seminar on Clinical Proteomics and Proteomics Day Celebration

18 March 2017
“One Day Seminar on Clinical Proteomics and Proteomics Day Celebration” was held on 18th March 2017 at Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Madurai. This is an yearly event and fourth in the Clinical Proteomics workshop series. This year’s one-day event was conducted on 18th March to honor the formation day of the Proteomics Society, India. Prof. Dharmalingam, Director of Research at AMRF introduced the event to the participants and highlighted the role of Proteomics Society, India in spreading education for research in Proteomics. Eminent scientists namely Prof. Kumaravel Somasundaram from IISc, Dr. Karunagaran from IIT-Madras, Prof. Anuranjan Anand from JNCASR, Prof. Balamurugan from Alagappa University and, Dr. Subbulakshmi from Pondicherry University were invited to give a talk. Scientists from AMRF, Dr. Gowri, Dr. Bharanidharan and Dr. Ramprasad also addressed the young participants, which included post-graduate students as well as research scholars. Through the talks, the participants were introduced to the various “omics” approaches and their application in a clinical setting. This one-day seminar was supported by Proteomics Society, India.

Indian Eye Research Group – ARVO – India Chapter, July 29-30, 2017

The 24th annual meeting of IERG was conducted at Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Madurai. A total of 146 participants attended the meeting including 30 invited faculties. The meeting included 103 presentations - 2 oration, 15 invited talks, 17 free papers and 69 posters.
Highlights included:
  • The 18th Bireswar Chakrabarti oration “Linking Impaired mTORC1 And Autophagy in Lysosomes of RPE Cells to Age-Related Macular Degeneration” was delivered by Dr. Debasish Sinha, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.
  • The 6th D. Balasubramanian oration “A Journey in Darkness: Pathway to Ophthalmic Genes” was delivered by Prof. G Kumaramanickavel, Research Director - Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore and Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai.
  • Dr. Calvin C. P. Pang, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China delivered an invited talk on “Molecular Genomics of Retinal Diseases”.
  • A special breakout session on Recent Advances in Microbiology and Immunology, Genomics and Proteomics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology and Clinician Researcher Interface was conducted before the gala dinner. Scientists who have done notable work in the above areas in ophthalmic research presented to the participants the recent advances, the current status in India and discussed on how to take it further for the betterment of our population.
  • Three oral and three poster presentations by the research scholars were selected for the Best oral and poster awards respectively.
  • Travel grants were given to 15 participants.
The meeting concluded with the note that all centres should work together to take translational research further in India, with specific reference to stem cells and gene therapy.

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